Midweek Mixers

Midweek Mixers are a virtual space for you to connect with colleagues and friends throughout the year.

Attend a Midweek Mixer

No matter where you are in the world, no matter the time of year, we want you to have a space to connect with fellow AOCS community members with common interests.

Whether you want to learn, network, collaborate, engage in business development, or just socialize with colleagues to unwind, Midweek Mixers are your destination.

Registration is free. You will receive instructions for how to join the Mixer after you register. You do not have to be a member of AOCS to participate, so feel free to invite your colleagues and friends.

Upcoming Midweek Mixers

Check back soon for more events!

In the meantime, read the highlights below of past mixers or visit the webinar page to register for upcoming webinars or browse the public webinar library.

Host a Midweek Mixer

Do you have an idea for the next Midweek Mixer? Our community drives the themes and focuses of our Midweek Mixers. These get-togethers are as formal or as casual as you want.

We invite you to propose the next Midweek Mixer. Fill out this form with your Midweek Mixer idea and a member of the AOCS Membership team will consider your proposal and reach out to you with the next steps.

Scheduling is fairly flexible during the workweek. AOCS handles the promotion so the community knows all about it. All you need to do is log on and host. For inspiration, browse the list below of past mixers.

Past Midweek Mixers

Student Common Interest Group – Lunch and Laugh Online Mixer

Hosted: July 21, 2021

Students from across the globe — including Russia, The Netherlands, India, Mexico, Canada and the USA — attended this online social gathering. Participants shared their research interests, year of study, something that they are passionate about and what food best represents them. This last question generated funny, personal and unique answers! We learned about the allure of Turkish coffee and Andean potato and cheese soup. The group then battled one another in a quiz with both chemistry questions and AOCS trivia.

Mixer highlights:

  • Met colleagues striving and working hard to finish their degree program
  • Learned about the poster submission for upcoming AOCS meetings
  • Learned about AOCS student awards and how to apply

Recording coming soon.

Industry experts offer insights for building a rewarding career

Hosted: June 22, 2021

Panelists from across industry offered practical insights into how to succeed in the job hunt and continue growing once you have landed a job. They shared their personal experiences and lessons learned from managing the twists and turns—including unexpected opportunities—inherent in any career.

Mixer highlights:

  • Keys to crafting an effective CV and the role of cover letters.
  • Learning how to work with others by developing emotional IQ.
  • Importance of finding a mentor.
  • The role of ambition and passion to fuel continued growth and learning.

View the recording

Art of Presenting Posters and Communicating Science

Hosted: April 15, 2021

Marnie Newell, a recent PhD graduate from the University of Alberta, Canada, offered strategies and insights on how to present research in a clear and compelling manner. She discussed the importance of communicating our work for the advancement of science, how to grab audience attention (and keep it!) and how to transform technical data into a language that everyone understands.

Mixer highlights:

  • Create an analogy for your work as this will make it more memorable and impactful
  • Use lay language to make it accessible for the entire listening community
  • Work on flow from one section to the next
  • Practice and then practice again!

View the recording to learn so much more: https://youtu.be/RD5qo673Vkc

Habits and Rituals

Hosted: February 3, 2021

Panelists from around the globe hosted a casual conversation sharing tips and insights that help them navigate their professional and personal habits. AOCS member Matthew Fhaner, University Michigan-Flint, moderated the conversation and facilitated questions from 35 attendees, with locations from as far away as Venezuela, Iran, India, Australia and North America. Attendees laughed, provided support and encouragement, and gained insights on time management, self-care rituals, and opportunities for career growth.

Mixer highlights include:

  • Time-saving habits, such as scheduling all re-occurring appointments throughout the semester or year
  • Career growth strategies, such as identifyng and regularly meeting with a mentor from within your organization
  • Self-care tips, such as taking time to get outside for fresh air, sunshine and for a break from the day

Mix it Up: A Midweek Mixer for surfactants and detergents professionals!

Hosted: November 17, 2020

AOCS' Surfactants and Detergents Division hosted a social gathering for S&D professionals to network and connect and learn more about how AOCS can help you grow professionally beyond technical services. Attendees came with their favorite drink whether that was an iced latte, a cocktail or a mocktail and S&D Division leaders, Keith Genco of Arkema, Michael Williams of Evonik and Sanja Natali of Exxon Mobil welcomed new and familiar faces to the event.

Mixer highlights include:

  • Nearly 30 people from around the globe, even as far as Japan, attended and provided details about their area of expertise, affiliations and connected with familiar and new colleagues.
  • Fred Holzhauer was this Mixer's grand prize winner!
  • S&D Division Session Chairs encouraged attendees to submit abstracts for both oral and e-poster sessions.
  • Chair Keith Genco strongly encouraged this group to continue collaborating with one another as a way to build the next generation of technology.
  • Attendees took a fun photo with pets to conclude the get together.

November’s Membership Midweek Mixer

Hosted: November 10, 2020

Janet Cheney, Director of Membership, AOCS, and Katrina Gaffney, AOCS Communication Specialist, provided attendees an overview of AOCS resources. Then hosts Rick Theiner and Jill Moser helped attendees get to know each other by facilitating introductions.

Mixer highlights include:

  • An overview of AOCS, including aocs.org, inform|connect as well as a variety of AOCS communications and AOCS resources like INFORM magazine, the journals and the webinar archive.
  • A chance to get to know all who joined the Mixer.
  • Muhammad Elsorady and J. David Pinkston winning this Mixer’s prizes.

How peer reviewing can help you professionally

Hosted: November 2, 2020

The peer-review process is an important step for improving research paper quality; however, less is known about the standardized review process. This Mixer provided a platform for attendees to share their reviewing experiences and ask questions about how to get involved, best review practices and more. Other topics that were discussed include how to balance research and reviewing and the benefits of reviewing are professionally and intellectually. This Mixer was both an informative session on how peer reviewing can enhance professional development and an opportunity for attendees to network with peers also interested in journal reviewing.

Mixer highlights include:

  • Dr. Hayes, Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Surfactants and Detergents, and Dr. Kenar, Editor-in Chief of Journal of American Oil Chemists’ Society, sharing some insights into why they value peer reviewing.
  • Great questions from Jieyao Yuan, Yang Lan and Hongbing Fan that helped clarify how students and young professionals can begin peer reviewing.
  • Pam Landman, AOCS Journals Coordinator, providing insights about how to get involved with peer reviewing for AOCS journals.

Let’s talk about your edible oil sample preparation struggles - a conversation with Lovibond

Hosted: September 23, 2020

Lovibond was this Midweek Mixer’s host, and they kicked it off the event with a round of edible oils trivia. Then, Mixer attendees engaged in a conversation about what can reduce measurement interference such as sample preparation, sample temperature, contaminated or damaged sample cells, instrument maintenance and cleanliness, cell path length relative to color scale and incorrect color scale for verification.

Mixer highlights include:

  • Rick DellaPorta "winning" the Midweek Mixer trivia game.
  • Emphasis on the all-important issue of cleaning cuvettes and the effect of temperature on possible measurement aberrations.
  • A discussion over sources for healthy alternative oils.